Our pundit Dave Nevison is hopeful for two contenders at Leicester and makes a strong case for another on the all-weather at Kempton Park on Wednesday. Enjoy both meetings live on Racing TV and Racing TV Extra.
2.50 Leicester: Kilbrook
I always feel that Jonjo O’Neill introduces the ones he has high hopes for at Carlisle when he switches them to chasing, so I am hopeful for this seven-year-old even though he only ended up winning by a narrow margin last time.
However, Kilbrook looked the best horse for some way on that return and he can progress now - especially if a bigger field here helps the pace a little.
I am not worried about his absence since October as it is pretty much the norm with him to have a gap between his runs and he generally seems to run with credit when he turns out.
Leicester is perhaps the nearest equivalent track to Carlisle and I am expecting a good run.
3.50 Leicester: Get Bye
I don’t think I have ever seen a handicap with so many runners having been pulled up last time, so clearly this is a very moderate event and tricky to work out.
The 'P' next to Get Bye's name may be more explainable and forgiveable than some of his rivals and I am prepared to put it down to him never going at all on heavy ground at Lingfield, which does get pretty desperate in mid-winter.
He never ran in a handicap over hurdles but was a good third on his final start at Hereford, albeit beaten a long way by a good horse. He was only 4/1 for his chasing debut so there was clearly a level of expectation and, now on much quicker ground off a 2lbs lower mark, I can give him another chance in a really poor race.
4.30 Kempton: Mr Mac
A reproduction of or slight improvement on his latest run would see him go very close here.
Mr Mac is hopefully running himself back into form after an eight-month break and ran well last week over this trip at Lingfield, staying on nicely late on to finish a very good third ahead of a bang in-form favourite.
He is now down to a mark of 55, a rating 2lbs below his last winning mark from this time last year, while Simon Hodgson has trained four winners from his last 10 runners.
It is hard not to see Mr Mac going well.
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